US President Barack Obama has hailed the vote on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council yesterday.
White House National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor said the United States Government applauds the passage of the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution on “Promoting reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.”
He said in a statement the resolution, which received broad support from around the world, calls for a range of critical steps that would go a long away to advancing the rights and dignity of the Sri Lankan people.
The White House said the United States urges the Sri Lankan government to develop a comprehensive action plan for implementing steps on reconciliation and accountability, as called for in the resolution, and to work with UN experts and its partners in the international community to take meaningful action to achieve these important goals, which will be a critical part of Sri Lanka’s efforts to provide a bright, peaceful, and stable future for all of its people.
“We stand ready to partner with Sri Lanka in this important effort,” the statement added.
US Secretary of State John Kerry had yesterday said the US sponsored resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council reaffirmed that Sri Lanka must take meaningful action on reconciliation and accountability in order to move forward.
He said the vote in the UN Human Rights Council encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to continue on the path toward lasting peace and prosperity following decades of civil war and instability.
“This resolution, which builds on a similar 2012 resolution, reaffirmed that Sri Lanka must take meaningful action on reconciliation and accountability in order to move forward. The United States, together with international partners, calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its public commitments to its own people on these longstanding issues,” he said.
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today adopted the US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka with 25 in favor, 13 against it and 8 abstentions. (Colombo Gazette)